Silly Poem About an Elephant

Years ago when I was in the third grade, I learned a poem that I enjoyed reading so much that I memorized it. I read it and quoted it so many times that even now I am able to quote the first six lines of it without even looking. It is such a delightful and humorous poem, I thought it might make someone smile. The poem is about an elephant.

I have a great respect and love for elephants because of their social community and connection with each other, their survival skills, their intelligence and their strength. Since I enjoy poetry here is a humorous poem by Laura Elizabeth Richards named “Eletelephony,” along with some of my photos of elephants from the Asheboro Zoo.


Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant. 
No! no! I mean an elephone 
Who tried to use the telephone.
Dear me! I am not certain quite,
That even now I've got it right.
Howe'er it was, he got his trunk 
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telepheeβ€”
I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!
Elephant at Asheboro Zoo
Elephant at Asheboro Zoo
Elephant dustbathing at Asheboro Zoo
Elephant dust bathing at Asheboro Zoo .

13 thoughts on “Silly Poem About an Elephant

  1. Thank you. I was so surprised that remembered most of the words from so far back! I did find it and quote it from the internet though to be sure of spelling and accuracy. Appreciate the comment!


  2. Eileen Clark, hello! Thank you for letting me know that you love elephants and the poem! I was so tickled that you liked it. I learned it when I was about 9 and could still quote most of it at 70! It stuck in my head all these years!! It is a cute poem!


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